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Kettleman Hills
T2-SE-A1
Built September 1944 by The Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, California,
as "Kettleman Hills" # 1832, for U.M.S.C.
1948 - American Overseas Tanker Corp., Wilmington, Del.
1949 - Oceanic Maritime Corp., Wilmington, Del.
1951 - SEATIGER, Colonial Steamship Corp. (Orion Shipping & Trading Co., Inc.), New York
1954 - Seatiger SS. Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del., [Orion Shipping & Trading Co.]
1956 - Jupiter SS. Corp., Wilmington, Del., [do.]
1957 - OCEAN NORA, Ocean Tankships, Inc., Monrovia,  [Maritime Overseas Corp., New York], LI
1957 - CARIBBEAN STAR, Marine Star Corp., Monrovia ,[do.]
1959 - Ocean Tankships, Inc., Monrovia, [do.]
1960 - GLOBE EXPLORER, Bulk Ships, Inc. (Maritime Overseas Corp.), New York, USA
  Converted to bulk carrier and lengthened by replacement of cargo section with new midbody
built by Verolme United Shipyards, Rosenburg, resulting vessel 13,795 grt,  555.2 x 75.2' ,
delivered. 11/1960
1963 - Sea Liberties, Inc., New York, [do.]
Caught fire in engine room 11 Sep 1964, 270 miles east of Cape Charles, Va., voyage Hampton Roads -
Rotterdam, coal, fire extinguished 13th, towed to Hampton Roads, dismantled 1965. Exchanged
machinery sections with T-2 tanker APPOMATTOX (Sun Yard #289). Vessel composed of forebody of
APPOMATTOX and machinery section of GLOBE EXPLORER named FAIRWIND Maryland SB. & DD.
Co., and sold for scrapping, Broken up at Valencia 1965, arrived 25.03.1965 in tow,
work began in 08/1965.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "KETTLEMAN HILLS"
IDNo:
2246425
Year:
1944
Name:
KETTLEMAN HILLS
Launch Date:
26.07.1944
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
09.1944
Flag:
USA
Keel:

DWT:
16613
Yard No:
56
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A1
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Marinship Corp
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sausalito
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-15

Subsequent History:
1951 SEATIGER - 1957 OCEAN NORA - 1957 CARIBBEAN STAR -
[ 1960 Lg & widened 13795 grt & converted to bulk carrier ] -
1960 GLOBE EXPLORER -
[ 1965 engine section joined to forepart of APPOMATTOX for towing for scrap under the name FAIRWIND ] -
1965 FAIRWIND

Disposal Data:
fire 270nm East Cape Charles 11.09.1964, dismantled & rejoined to broken up at Valencia 25.03.1965.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
246425
2246425
1944
KETTLEMAN HILLS
10441
U.S. Govt.
246425
2246425
1944
SEATIGER
10441
1951
Orion Sg & Tdg Co
1086
2246425
1944
CARIBBEAN STAR
10441
1957
Maritime Overseas Co.
1086
2246425
1944
OCEAN NORA
10441
1957
Maritime Overseas Co.
246425
2246425
1944
GLOBE EXPLORER
13795
1960
Maritime Overseas Co.
246425
2246425
1944
FAIRWIND
13795
1965
To breakers

S. S. Kettleman Hills, Tanker, hull # 56, keel laid 5/29/44, launched July 26, 1944 Sponsor: Mrs. James Edward Jones; Maid of Honor, Joan Bardini. In private operation under Liberian flag as bulk carrier and renamed "Caribbean Star" in October, 1960. Scrapped Valencia, Spain 8/65.

Source : Pacific Marine Review, Volume 41, September, 1944

"Hills" Class Tankers By Marinship.
The S. S. Kettleman Hills, now outfitting at Marinship, is the first of a series of 32 large tankers which are being built there and christened in the name of important California oilfields. She is the 51st ship to be built in the 28 month history of the Company.
The new "Hills" class tankers are over 525 feet long, of 16,500 deadweight tonnage, and are driven by turbo-electric motors of 8250 hp.
These ships, when completed, will be immediately employed on war routes, but they are specially designed to take their place on post-war petroleum trade routes.
The S. S. Elk Hills, the second ship of this class was launched on August 22, just 54 days after the keel was laid, and the S. S. Lost Hills followed down the ways on August 29.

 
Only a photographer could strike oil in a tanker shipyard and this picture shows the SS "Kettleman Hills",
just before launching, at the Sausalito shipyard.
 
Launch of the "Kettleman Hills".
 "Kettleman Hills", launched.
 
"Kettleman Hills" sails away from the yard.
 
"Kettleman Hills".
( Photo thanks to Walt Holm )
 
The tanker "Kettleman Hills" on trials. Of the T2-SE-A1 type, she was the first of the 'Hills' class
and was delivered from the Marinship yard at Sausalito in September 1944.
 
KETTLEMAN HILLS
This T-2 type tanker struck an iceberg while in service during the war. She was laid up in the James River
idle fleet until recently when she was sold to the National Tanker Corporation by the Maritime Commission.
She was delivered to our plant on February 19th 1948.
In addition to iceberg damage requiring bottom and side-plating repairs, the Kettleman Hills also received
extensive machinery repairs and a general overhauling.
She left our plant on May 4th 1948.
( From Shipyard Bulletin, Newprt News SB & DD Co., Volume XII, May-June 1948, No. 10 )